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Get Profitable

You're probably not in this business for a hobby. It's probably because you like to cook. And you want to make money. We're going to help you do that.


Where do mobile caterers work?

Shows and Events

From village fetes to music festivals...

Working at events

Thousands of profitable shows and events take place in the UK every year. Find out how you can work at them. > Click here


Markets

Farmers, town centres, street food, car boot...

Trading at markets and car boots

Markets are a great place to work: less stressful than big events but ideal for gaining experience. Find out how you can work them. > Click here

Roadside / Permanent Pitch

Lay bys, industrial estates, town centres...

Roadside

The original home to the entire mobile catering industry, roadside trading has a lot to offer. Find out how you can do it. > Click here


Private Function / Parties

Weddings, birthdays, corporate events...

Catering at private parties and events

Private functions offer a low-risk way to earn money as you usually agree a fee in advance. Find out how to work at parties. > Click here




How can NCASS membership help you to get profitable?

 

NCASS membership will save your business literally hundreds of pounds. There’s no need to shell out more for training, legal documents and consultation when you’re an NCASS member. You’ll benefit from exclusive discounts with our trusted suppliers too. Suppose you might call the earning opportunities, special offers and crazy cashback deals the cherry on top.

> Learn more about saving and making money with NCASS

 


Booking work as a mobile caterer

Know the rules - tendering for catering work

The Golden Rules

Get to know them. Stick to them.


Pitch fees. Sometimes they make it hard to turn a profit. Sometimes they make it impossible not to make a loss. They can cause caterers an arm and a leg of grief. That’s why you need to know the 8 Golden Rules for booking pitches, before you hand over any cash.

> Read the rules


Fraudulent Events- Be aware

Fraudulent Events: Beware!

Here's how to spot them.


Sometimes fraudsters pose as event organisers, take cash from caterers for pitches then simply disappear. It sucks, but you can avoid being fooled by these criminals. If an event seems dodgy, do these checks to help you spot a potential scam. It's always worth it.

> Click here to read more

How can you keep increasing profits?

4 simple ways for mobile caterers to increase profits.


Improve the marketing for your catering business

Marketing matters. Improve yours to increase profits with these solutions. > Click here


Keep your staff happy - You're customers will appreciate it

Happy staff means higher profits. Find out how to keep yours smiling. > Click here


Have fewer inspections - gain more time

Spend less time talking to inspectors and more time serving customers. Click here


Reduce the costs of your catering business

The less money spent, the more money made. Find out how to cut supplier costs. > Click here


Sustainability tips that won't cost you the earth

With strong, sustainable practices in place within your business, you'll make great savings, do your bit for the environment and increase your likelihood of booking events. > Find out more

Mentoring for caterers

Whether you're a newbie or have been in the game for years, partnering with a catering mentor could help you increase your sales up to an additional £2,520 in a single weekend. > More



Receive relevant work opportunities via text messages

NCASS get to know each member so that we can offer you the help and support you need for safe, legal and profitable trading. We’ll help you find work too, by texting you opportunities specific to your location and food offering. And event organisers can book you for work via your NCASS control panel.


With more than 30 years under our belt, NCASS offer caterers more than just a highly respected due diligence system, comprehensive legal documentation and caterer-specific online training – though you will get all of that too! Most important of all, we’re always on the other end of the phone for you.




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Work opportunities, legal documents, essential and invaluable advice, training codes, cashback and lots more are the name of the game here at NCASS HQ. And with prices starting from just £20.25 per month, why not become the latest member of the NCASS Family? Maximise the profitability of your food business with NCASS membership. > Find out more

Want to talk about membership? Call 0121 603 2524

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Latest News


The Restaurant Show 2019: Tackling the topics that matter with an impressive line-up

by Sophie Haigh | Sep 06, 2019

Whatever your role in the industry, you’re sure to come away from The Restaurant Show 2019 with plenty of business boosting insights and ideas. This year the show will bring together some of the industry’s biggest names to tackle the most pressing issues facing the sector. From culinary trends, to technology and employee engagement and wellbeing – it’s all up for discussion at the hospitality industry’s event of the year. Don’t miss out, the show returns to Kensington Olympia on 30th September – 2nd October, featuring both the Bar & Pub and Catering Equipment Expo.

Remaining relevant in changing times

Not to be missed is the chance to hear from one of the casual dining sector’s biggest players, PizzaExpress, when Restaurant magazine editor Stefan Chomka quizzes Zoe Bowley, the brand’s UK & Ireland Managing Director. Taking place on Tuesday 1st October, this in-depth discussion will cover how the brand has strived to stay relevant in a fast-changing casual dining market. There will be real-life insights from the Leeds and London sites that were the testing beds for the brand’s dynamic redesign. Plus, plenty of looking to the future too – it’s a session that’s sure to inspire anyone who attends.

Game on with itsu and Starbucks

You may have heard of the concept of gamification – but did you know it could really benefit your business? On Tuesday 1st October, the ‘True Players’ session will reveal how two industry-leading brands, Starbucks and itsu, inspire and engage staff through gamification and analytics. Both of these hospitality bighitters are harnessing gamified tech solutions to excite, engage and inspire employees and nail key KPIs like customer experience, staff retention and sales. It’s another unmissable session offering you actionable insights and the chance to learn how to adopt a smarter approach at your own venue.

Industry spotlight

If you want to really get under the skin of the latest trends and the biggest challenges facing the hospitality sector, you’ll want to hear from Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality. As a driving force in the industry, Kate has a lot to say on the current climate and what’s next. Taking place on Wednesday 2nd October, Restaurant magazine’s editor Stefan Chomka will interview Kate, asking the questions that matter and delving deep into the issues at the heart of the industry.

Wellbeing and your workforce

With Generation Z and Millennials now making up a significant part of the workforce, the culture has changed, but have you adapted? Current statistics show that over nine in ten millennials don’t expect to stay in their jobs for the next two years. So, if you’re failing to engage them, you could risk losing talent. On Tuesday 1st October, The Restaurant Show will bring together an expert panel to discuss thinking differently about culture in the workplace. Featuring a 2 x Olympian and several successful hospitality businesses, the panel will showcase approaches from sports and psychotherapy that can help create a hard-working, trusting and happy workforce ready to boost your bottom line.

The tech trends you need to know

There’s another chance to hear from PizzaExpress, when their Head of Customer Technology, Matt Broom, joins a panel on Monday 30th September to talk all things tech. If you’ve ever thought that online ordering or click and collect wasn’t for you, this panel session will have you reconsidering. David Charlton of Zonal Marketing Technologies joins Matt Broom to talk about the tech than can really make an operator’s life easier, streamlining ordering and boosting efficiency.

Also talking tech at the show will be Allison Page of Seven Rooms, in a discussion on Wednesday 2nd October, entitled ‘Alexa, who’s on Table 7? – Bringing Voice Tech To The Table’. If you’re unsure of how voice tech could work for your business, this session is set to reveal all, showing you how to harness the power of this exciting, new technology for frictionless service.

Take a look at the full live events programme here

Register now for the event of the year

The Restaurant Show is FREE to attend and the place to find inspiration, learn about the latest trends, source products and suppliers or simply network with friends and colleagues in the industry. Make sure you REGISTER TODAY HERE.

Plus, your visitor badge will give full access to the trade show which includes a dedicated Bar & Pub zone and the Catering Equipment Expo run in association with Bunzl Lockhart Catering Equipment.

Be the first to hear show news and speaker announcements by following @restaurantshow on Twitter and Instagram and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RestaurantShowUK/



How to work & earn more

For 26 years NCASS has provided UK mobile caterers with reliable details for 2000+ annual outdoor events, including contact numbers, locations, dates, expected attendance and more... Every trader knows about The Events Guide.


Research events online

When you buy The Events Guide you'll get FREE access to the online database which is continually updated during the year, so you never miss a new event.

> Find events to earn at >




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